Solène Rowan joined the University of Oxford as a Professor of Law on 1 October 2021. She specialises in contract, tort, commercial and comparative law and is the author of the award-winning monograph, Remedies for Breach of Contract: a Comparative Analysis of the Protection of Performance (OUP 2012), which won the SLS Peter Birks Prize for Outstanding Legal Scholarship (first prize) and the Inner Temple New Author’s Book Prize for Outstanding Authorship (runner-up), and is based on a PhD thesis that was awarded the Yorke Prize (for theses of distinction) by the University of Cambridge. She read law as an undergraduate at King’s College London and Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne) and undertook LLM and doctoral studies at the University of Cambridge.


Prior to joining the University of Oxford, Solène held a Futures Scheme Funding Award (for world-leading high-performing mid-career researchers to enhance their research) at the ANU (2019-2021). She was also an Associate Professor at the London School of Economics and Political Science (2012-2018) and a Fellow and College Lecturer in Law at Queens’ College, Cambridge (2008-2012). She has held visiting lectureships at the universities of Oxford, Paris II (Panthéon-Assas) and Osaka Gakuin, and was a Jean Monnet Fellow at Keio University, Tokyo. She is a non-practising solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales, having trained at Herbert Smith in London and Shanghai. Her work has recently been cited by the Scottish Law Commission, the Court of Appeal of Singapore, and the Court of Appeal of Ireland.

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